[This review contains no spoilers. You’re safe here!!]
Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of a decade’s worth of filmmaking and hours upon hours of emotional investment from fans. The Russo brothers, who directed two of my favorite Marvel movies (Civil War and Winter Soldier), helm this one, and were given the seemingly impossible task of creating a compelling story with over 40 major characters and giving all of them their moment to shine.
Let’s just get this out of the way: I LOVED this movie.
This was one of the most entertaining and fun superhero movies that I have ever had the pleasure of seeing, and it firmly resides as my second-favorite Marvel movie of all time right behind Captain America: Civil War. That certainly doesn’t mean it’s perfect, and I would certainly say that it is a bit rough around the edges. This movie is a BEHEMOTH, and that is not exaggerating in any way. For those of whom are expecting nothing less than perfection out of this movie, I would say to temper your expectations a bit. It’s simply not possible to make a two-and-a-half hour movie with this many characters and have it be perfect. Even with its flaws, the fact that the movie is this good despite its difficult juggling act is highly commendable.
Without spoiling anything, I think the reason why I enjoyed this movie was because it felt different from previous installments. It felt ballsy and creative, and is not afraid to shock the audience every once in a while. There are several moments in the movie that will gut you emotionally, and some that will probably leave you stunned. There were a few scenes where I specifically thought “wow, I can’t believe they were willing to do that.” If you have been craving that type of movie for a while from Marvel, then you’ll probably really enjoy Infinity War.
There’s also a ton of fun character interactions to be seen. The Guardians finally meeting the Avengers felt like a monumental event in MCU history, and the playful banter between different characters was so much fun. There were also so many laugh-out-loud moments, especially involving the Guardians. There was a moment involving Rocket that made me laugh harder than I think I’ve ever laughed in a movie theater. This is one of the funniest MCU movies to date, and 90% of the humor lands exactly as intended. Aside from a few moments, the humor generally does not conflict with the more serious tone of the movie. It’s definitely not a dark or depressing movie, though, and is comparable to recent movies like Black Panther and Civil War in terms of tone.
Thanos is also one of the very best MCU villains. His motivations are very understandable, and he is occassionally presented in a more sympathetic way. Rather than just having the cookie-cutter plan of “I’m going to blow up the universe for no reason,” it feels like Thanos has logical reasoning for doing what he is doing. I won’t get more specific than that, but I think audiences are going to love this character. He’s intimidating, smart, and relatable, and whenever he shows up, you know that s**t’s going down.
Although I enjoy the first two Avengers movies, they certainly aren’t my favorites. One of the reasons why I don’t love them is because the action in both feels waitless and bombastic. Luckily, Infinity War does not share this problem. The action sequences in this movie are some of the best and most creative in the MCU. There were several moments where the sheer intensity of the action gave me goosebumps all over. The sequence involving Thanos and Iron Man from the trailer is one of the standout scenes, and is sure to be a crowdpleaser.
As I previously mentioned, the movie is not perfect. My biggest problem with Infinity War is that it is a bit overstuffed. Occassionally, it felt like the movie was pulling away from an interesting scene to showcase a different character just for the sake of showing that character. The high number of characters is a bit of a dual-edged sword for the movie. The gargantuan size is part of the appeal of the movie, but also made it feel a little too overloaded from time to time. There was also one specific character that I felt needed more screentime and never really made much of an impact on the movie. I’ll talk a bit more about that in my upcoming spoiler-filled review.
Considering how difficult it must have been to make this movie, it turned out extremely well. It’s emotional, action-packed, and so entertaining. If you’re a fan of the MCU, I definitely recommend that you see this one immediately. Also, AVOID SPOILERS.